In this image taken from a store security video, homicide victim Shannon Hastings, foreground, is seen leaving a Bloomington convenience store May 16, 2017, with Kyle Brestan, the Bloomington man accused of killing her. Hastings' death was one of three homicides the city reported in 2017. 

BLOOMINGTON — A Sept. 9 trial date was set Friday for a Bloomington man accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl weeks before he was charged with stabbing a woman more than 100 times.

Kyle Brestan is charged with killing Shannon Hastings, 27, of East Peoria. Her body was found May 21, 2017 in a room of the Econo Lodge on the city's west side. Police believe the victim may have been killed several days before she was found by a hotel worker.

During their investigation into the murder, Bloomington police located pornographic images of a teenage girl on Brestan's cellphone. He was initially charged with possession of child pornography and later authorities filed criminal sexual assault charges against him.

At a hearing on Friday, First Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon asked for September trial dates for both the murder and rape cases. The state has chosen to take the sexual assault case to trial ahead of the murder case.

The rape case, expected to last about four days, could be followed by the murder trial which could take between one and two weeks, according to Rigdon. 

A jury could hear testimony during the sexual assault case that the minor girl's mother allowed the child to stay at Brestan's home for about a week over spring break. The two met at a local church where Brestan and the girl's father attended a support group for substance abusers, according to police.

Evidence at the murder trial could include video from a city bus that shows Brestan on May 16 riding a bicycle east on West Market Street, a path leading away from the murder scene on Brock Drive.

The video shows large, red stains on Brestan's pants, according to police.

Three hours earlier, surveillance cameras captured Brestan and Hastings leaving a store.

Brestan is due back in court Feb. 1 for a status hearing that includes a review of a subpoena for the results of forensic tests from the Illinois State Police crime lab in Morton.

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Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny


McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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